Random Music New for Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On this day in 1972, Eugene Cernan became the last person to walk on the moon. Why haven’t we been back? On to music news…

  1. Donald Trump says he’s “like, way too smart” to take a daily security briefing, but he’s got time to visit with Kanye West? Please don’t let this be about a cabinet post…
  2. Oh. He was there to promise he wouldn’t run for president before 2024.
  3. Has Trump finally found someone to perform at his inauguration? Maybe.
  4. Kanye West is developing a coast-to-coast network of psychiatric support.
  5. Bieber: hockey goon.
  6. Looking to read some rock’n’roll memoirs over the holidays? Here are some suggestions.
  7. This chatbot is a wiz at selling vinyl.
  8. Here’s a thought-provoking take on Millennials and radio from David Marsden (via FYI Music News)
  9. What’s the best way to combine concentration, productivity and music? Let’s examine that. (Via Fred)
  10. The best unproduced film script of 2016? A Madonna biopic that’s been making the rounds.
  11. Neil Young’s Pono is being turned into some kind of strange streaming service.
  12. Two weeks to go in 2016 andCanadianb album sales are down 21.5%. Vinyl albums remain steady at +28.5%.
  13. It’s 2016 and the Rolling Stones have the #1 album in Canada–again–with a total consumption number (purchases plus streams) of 27.000. More numbers from the charts here.
  14. If you don’t stand for the national anthem in India, you could be in trouble with the police. That’s how the law works there now.
  15. Here’s a pretty moving musical best man speech at a wedding.
  16. Can you name all the Canadian artists to perform at Coachella? Start with this list. (Via Cameron)
  17. Apple AirPods are finally on sale online and will appear in stores next week.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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